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Hi, please let me know what you think to this image I have taken and worked on in Photoshop. Any help would be great thank you.
Tracey

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 75-200mm F2.8-3.5
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Sep 2012 - 2:02 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Wings
Username:SPARROWHALL SPARROWHALL
Uploaded:16 Sep 2012 - 10:24 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Jestertheclown
16 Sep 2012 - 10:56 PM

Hi Tracey,

I rather like this.

I've uploaded a mod. in which I've used the colour balance tool to reduce the red slightly, I've levelled it up and cropped it.
The crop has removed your name. Personally, I have no problem with names, logos etc. being placed upon images and taking it off was incidental to the crop but others will tell you to remove it.
I also sharpened it a little. It's probable that your original is sharper than this as the process of resizing and uploading often results in the sharpness dropping off.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

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SPARROWHALL
17 Sep 2012 - 7:48 AM

Thank you Bren, yes it looks better now you have done some work on it. It did look sharper before I touched it and uploaded it etc. But the colours were dull and it did have that pop to it which now I think it has now so thank you. I have another image which I will have a play with as you have done here and see how that one turns out
Tracey

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 8:24 AM

Please, don't put a logo on like that - if you must, small, discrete and in a corner. Decent image and interesting composition. Does need to be a bit sharper. Difficult to judge at this size but it looks like movement blur to me, not lens blur. Movement blur cannot be corrected using sharpening tools.

Paul

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 10:18 AM

Your earlier images do not display a name, why start now?

This does need to be sharper, using a 200mm lens at f2.8 it is going to prove to be very difficult. You are going to need around 1/250sec to be able, even then with a fairly steady hand (tripod better) to hold the camera steady but having used 1/2000sec you could well afford to use either 1/1000sec @ f5.6 or better still 1/500sec @ f8. At f8 getting your subject in focus will prove easier and here you have no background to speak of, but even if you did, at f8 you will still maintain a decent DoF given the focal length in use.

Frank

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Briwooly
Briwooly  9452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 11:20 AM

Nicely composed Tracey and well timed but has been said could do with been sharper I probably would have upped the ISO to around 400 and gone for around F8 this would have given you a much higher shutter speed and great depth of field thus improving any movement blur and fall out great to see you still enjoying clicking away

Enjoy Brian ..............

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Davesumner
19 Sep 2012 - 7:56 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Tracey,

I'm sure that you've heard enough about the logo, I don't like them on the photograph either, for me it is akin to having that awful date and time stamp that some cameras have. If you need to put a logo why not create a white border and put the logo on that.

As the others have said it is a little soft and looking at the image it may have focussed on the water in front of the duck. Unfortunately, the Exif data doesn't tell us what focussing you were using but you need to have it on a single focus point and that point needs to be on the birds eye if possible. Your shutter speed was 1/2000th second so i'm unsure why it is not sharp. Compositionally it is great with the bird in the upper right hand thrids intersection with space to move into. The colours on the bird are also very nice. the image is falling to the left and i might have straightened it more than Bren did.

I have uploaded a mod where I also straightened and cropped, then adjusted colours using the levels tool. I then dodged and burned some of the image and sharpened using the High Pass method.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

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